March 2018

Disgraced police officer from South Ockendon downloaded child abuse images

A disgraced policeman who downloaded nearly 100 images of children being abused has dodged a prison sentence.

Stephen Taylor, 37, was arrested by officers from Essex Police who discovered a vile horde of films on computers seized from his home in South Ockendon during a sting.

Taylor, formerly a Met Police constable based in Wandsworth, provided a written prepared statement in which he fully accepted responsibility for the images before being charged with nine offences in December.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and three of possessing extreme pornography when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday (March 23).

The court heard how officers, acting on intelligence, executed a warrant at his then home address on October 15 last year.

They searched the property and seized various equipment including laptops, hard drives, cameras and mobile phones.

Forensic analysis of the devices found them to contain 109 films and moving images, 21 of which came from Category A, the most serious category of abuse imagery.

The full list of images discovered

  • 21 Category A films and moving images

  • 10 Category B films and moving images

  • 62 Category C films and moving images

  • 16 Extreme films and moving images

Taylor, formerly of Daiglen Drive, was handed a three-year community order and ordered to complete the Horizons rehabilitation programme.

He was also made subject to a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.